A high-flying young linguist at Wisbech Grammar School has beaten off a swarm of competitors from across the country to reach the final of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee competition.
Year seven pupil Charlotte Brett (11), who lives in March, has taken on more than 52,000 youngsters nationwide to win her way through to the climax of the German category of the contest, which is sponsored by the European Commission and is being staged at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge on July 5.
In the final stage of the competition the youngsters will be given just 60 seconds to spell correctly the biggest number of words in their chosen language of French, Spanish or German.
German teacher Monika Skinner, who has been coaching Charlotte for the event, is one of three native speakers of foreign languages on the staff at the Grammar School, together with another teacher covering maternity leave and an assistant supporting the French and Spanish departments.
Mrs Skinner said: “Charlotte attends to do her practice every single day and retains the vocabulary really well. Her spelling is spot on and she has got a fantastic knowledge of the language and she is very confident.”